How do you stay healthy?

This week I asked current Cal Poly students how they try to stay healthy. Here is a video with what they had to say.

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes…because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”- Steve Jobs


Blog Review

This blog was in response to a Journalism class. That class is now drawing to a close and therefore some reflection upon where SLO Skinny began and where it is now is in order.

My objectives for this blog were to entertain and hopefully inform readers. In an attempt to do this, I brought readers stories both locally from the San Luis Obispo area, as well has from my hometown of San Diego, Ca.

Halfway through the course we had our peers give us tips on what to improve upon. The tips that they stated for SLO Skinny were as follows:

  • Easy, healthy recipes will be added to the “Recipes” tab.
  • SLO Skinny will feature more local hikes with varying difficulty levels.
  • Clearer blog headlines, so that readers can better know what each article will cover.
  • More pictures will accompany each blog post.

Post peer review, I believe that I have accomplished most of what I needed to work on. The one seeming improvement I believe I didn’t accomplish was that I didn’t add more hikes or recipes at this point, however I intend to keep updating the content to meet the requirements I have set for myself.

Some of my peers have reviewed over my blog. This is what my peers had to say about SLO Skinny:

Rachael Davison

Rachael Davison, a junior at Cal Poly stated, “Your blog is fabulous. I love the layout, the simplicity, the content, and knowing how much time and effort you put in. Great job in this class/with your blog!”

Sam Gilbert has these thoughts on SLO Skinny. “Informative, I had no idea of some of the hikes that are on SLO Skinny and if I ever visit San Diego I will know where to go.”

Fearon Hosmer

Cal Poly junior Fearon Hosmer, and fellow classmate had this to say about SLO Skinny. “I like how you have clean, relevant pictures to make the stories more enticing. However, I would include subtitles to break up the paragraphs a little better.”

Overall I think that SLO Skinny has accomplished much of what it has set out to do, however as time passes the blog will hopefully continue to evolve. There are seemingly endless possibilities for what this blog can showcase and I fully intend on continuing to maintain the blog.

6 Reasons SLO Skinner’s should use MyFitness Pal!

In a previous article, I introduced readers to a phenomenal app called MyFitness Pal. I decided to expand on what I had already stated to further your knowledge and hopefully show how MyFitness Pal can have a tremendous impact on your life.

After racking my brain, there are six reasons MyFitness Pal is valuable for you SLO Skinny readers.

1)    Access. It is vital when trying to lose weight that you are able to track what you are eating, therefore you need a medium which will allow you to do that anywhere. MyFitness Pal is available for the android, iPhone, iPad and all are synced and moreover available to change online.

2)    Easy. MyFitness Pal is unlike other apps in the sense that it does not require much technical familiarity to utilize it properly. A basic knowledge would suffice when using this app and should take no longer than five minutes to full grasp how to use it.

3)    Incorporating. This app does not only allow a user to track food, but moreover exercise as well. It allows you to track everything which means that it is essentially “one stop shopping.” There is no need for a supplementary app to track your exercise goals, which means you don’t have to do any tricky cross referencing to see if you met your daily goals.

4)    Free. Since the app is completely free, you will be able to cut your costs overall. The information this gives allows you to personally keep track of everything rather than hiring a dietitian and trainer to do it for you, hence cutting any costs that could have occurred.

5)    Customization. The app has users type in their gender, current weight, goal weight, height, and current exercise level. This information is the basis for which the app will subsequently tell the user the recommended calorie goal for each day to allow the user to reach their goal weight. By using specific measurements, users are more likely to get more accurate results.

6)    Extensive. The food log allows a user to type in almost any brand and gets the specific nutritional information for it. Thus leaving the guess work out of most meals. For home cook meals, a user can input information if it is not in the database.

This app takes most of the guess work out of getting healthy. A user can track specific intakes such as sugar and sodium which is advantageous for users with health concerns such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

Working out and keeping track of everyday’s food intake can be tedious and tiring. This app will allow users to seemingly flawlessly input specific food and exercise to help aid in weight loss. Therefore, this app is a ten out of ten for anyone wanting to get in shape or stay in shape!

“You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.”- Ruth E. Renkl





Revamp your IPod and get motivated!

Hey there SLO Skinniers! Do you ever get tired of the same workout music? Try mixing it up with some uptempo songs perfect for your cardio workout!

Steady130 is a website specifically tailored to workout music to help get you pumped for your workout. The websites features the newest hits as well as some older classics at different tempos. Another great website for uptempo versions of popular songs is FratFM. Many of the sounds on these websites are also downloadable via SoundCloud so go check it out!

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Raymond Chandler

Surf your way into shape!

California’s immaculate coast line, lends itself to many things, one of those being surfing. Regardless if it’s northern or southern California, Californians enjoy indulging in the sport.

A local surfer paddle’s out by the Pismo Beach Pier.

Surfing is a hobby for many people; however there are also health benefits associated with it as well. It can be used as a rehabilitation source for those wounded, as well as a daily cardiovascular exercise. Surfing’s unique because that it utilizes the entire body.

Avid surfer and Cal Poly student Rachelle Beaudoin describes the benefits of surfing for both health and pleasure.

“It’s a great way to work out every muscle. Not to mention it’s about being connected and experiencing the water and your body on a new level. There’s nothing that feels or compares to surfing,” Beaudoin.

Two local boys attempt to surf in Pismo Beach.

Vicki Richardson who works at Ampsurf highlighted the benefits surfing has for disabled veterans. “People feel stronger, more empowered and overall feel like they can do anything,” Richardson.

Surfing is an outlet for disabled veterans because it not only allows them to conquer something they might not have thought was possible, but it also allows them to get out of the house.

Surfing can be therapeutic; hence surf companies such as Ampsurf specialize in amputees, and disabilities through their adaptive surfing. Ampsurf has specialized instructors who understand the specialized needs that someone with a disability might face when attempting to surf. The specialized instruction allows for better success in surfing, further empowering the person.

There are many surf spots that line the central coast. Each spot has varying conditions which allow almost anyone to find the right fit for them. Rachelle mirrored that thought stating, “Surfing is great because anyone can do it regardless of age or body type and it’s still a great workout,” Beaudoin.

Ampsurf uses primarily Pismo Beach for lessons. “We use the south side of the Pismo Beach pier for Ampsurf because the waves are more calm and easier,” Richardson.

Other local surfing spots include but are not limited to, Morro Bay, Shell Beach and Vandenberg.

Hayden Costell, a Cal Poly alumnus is also an avid Morro Bay surfer. “Morro Bay is unique because there are some great tubes when the weather is right, not many places are like that,” Costell.

Vandenberg is an Air Force Base located on the central coast near Santa Maria. Ampsurf utilizes the area for sometimes for surfing; however it is not preferred because it lacks the same calm that Pismo Beach has.

For anyone who is debating learning how to surf, there are numerous surf shops which offer lessons along the central coast.

Surfing’s benefits for the disabled as well as veterans are seemingly extensive as discussed previously. There are also however numerous benefits health-wise for anyone debating to start surfing.

Surfing requires many muscles, the most obvious being numerous arm muscles. Paddling requires bicep and triceps muscles. Battling the incoming surf when paddling out will help to build these muscles more extensively.

Another key component in surfing is waiting. Any surfer will tell you that waiting for the “right wave” is essential. Surfing requires a strong core when waiting for the “perfect wave.” Straddling a board for long periods of time can be strenuous and therefore the more core muscle attained to assist in balance will be highly beneficial.

Several surfers patiently awaiting the “perfect wave.”

Lastly, overall physical health is improved via surfing due to the sheer amount of energy exerted throughout the entire process of paddling out, waiting for a wave and lastly catching a wave.

Surfing is a overall body workout, however it strongly is centered on cardiovascular exercise because a surfer’s stamina and energy level is built upon being physically fit.

Finding outlets in which exercise is seen less as exercise and more as a hobby are key.

Hunter Maul, a Cal Poly alumnus describes what surfing means to him. “I love surfing because it’s the definition of living in the present! It’s healthy, relaxing, exciting, and natural all at once,” Maul.

A person is more willing to spend time doing what they love rather than doing something obligatory. Therefore, surfing is a seemingly great alternative to hours of cardiovascular exercise and strength training in the gym when living in California.

Below is a map of local surf shops in the greater San Luis Obispo area. Most of the stores sell surfboards, and other surfing essentials such as wet-suits.

“Life is alot like surfing…When you get caught in the impact zone, you’ve got to just get back up. Because you never know what may be over the next wave.” – Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

Stay in shape the Cal Poly way!


Want to stay in shape like a Cal Poly student? Ride a bike!

The first thing any visitor to Cal Poly will notice is its bike friendly campus.

Students ride bikes to stay in shape, beat the high gas prices and conveniently maneuver the sometimes treacherous downtown streets!


“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”- Albert Einstein

The Mustangs beat those Gauchos!

Sports rivalries are a part of the American institution. In San Luis Obispo there is a definite divide between southern California and northern California. As gigantic as that rivalry is, the Cal Poly men’s soccer versus the University of California Santa Barbara might be even grander.

This past Saturday Cal Poly hosted arguably the largest game of the entire season. The University of California Santa Barbara played Cal Poly in hopes of defeating them this year to redeem last year’s loss.

Some former Cal Poly men’s soccer players and alumni at the game this past Saturday.

Cal Poly and the University of California Santa Barbara were neck to neck the entire game. There were close scores; however the single score in the entire game came at the very end. The goal clenched the win for Cal Poly. Therefore the spirited Cal Poly crowd erupted, hence charging the field to celebrate.

Cal Poly showed its true school spirit by rushing the field after Cal Poly had beat the University of California Santa Barbara.

It is a Cal Poly tradition to wear white to the game in what is called, “White Out.” It is impossible to not feel the crowd’s enthusiasm and school spirit. Below is a video depicting last year’s Cal Poly victory over the University of California Santa Barbara.

Many students experienced the game differently. Various accounts are detailed in the audio segment below.Two current Cal Poly students detail their personal experience at the soccer game. Additionally, alumnus and former Cal Poly men’s soccer player, Evan details what he experienced at the game this past weekend.

The Cal Poly crowd enthusiastically rushing the field after Cal Poly won.

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” – Mia Hamm